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Alma Mater Lookbook

New Lookbook guys!

I released my last two lookbooks, “Top Button” and “Palm Wine and Teacups” back in 2014, so it’s been a while!

As always, Friday Born’s Collections are all about mixing contemporary with traditional, and this time I was inspired by recently graduating from uni, and hence named it ‘Alma Mater’.

The collection has a really preppy feel, with some direct collegiate references, such as the ‘est 1957’ jersey and the kente pinafore. I also loved the fabrics I sourced, in particular, the Great-Britain-themed kente in blue, red and white.

Double E studios, once again, smashed the photography and editing, and really helped to get my theme across with the set. My models, Raquel Okine, Seyi Onuga and Peter Essien slayed in front of the camera and my make-up artist, Eileen Ceokorie made them look perfect.

I really hope you guys like the lookbook! All the items are available for purchase here.

Afua x

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African Fashion Week London 2014

Last weekend, the fourth annual African Fashion Week London was held in Kensington Olympia.

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Caitlin Leslie of at Farfetch.com invited me along with two of my favourite African fashion/lifestyle bloggers – Mary of Pop Goes Fashion and Louisa of Afroblush. It was so nice to finally meet them, after reading their blogs for such a long time! We had VIP tickets so had the most amazing front row seats.

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Overall, I thought the fashion shows were generally impressive and the day was pretty well organised. There was a LOT of variety, and it was great to see so many different designers portray African fashion in their own unique way. As always, there was a really cool vibe and lots of really beautiful clothes and accessories for sale at the stalls.
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Check out some pics from some of the shows below x

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Eldimaa Fashion
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Dubai!

I recently took a trip to the United Arab Emirates! I had such an amazing time, splitting my time between Dubai and Abu Dhabi. We behaved like typical tourists, visiting the sights (Dubai Mall, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, the Burj Khalifa to name a few), did a good amount of shopping and spent some time chilling in the desert with camels and climbing sand dunes!

Like every other time I travel, I tried to spend a good amount of time getting better at using my camera. Have a look at some of my favourite pics below.

With love,

Afua x

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So… where are you from?

Everyone has had that awkward moment. When you meet someone new and they ask you where you’re from, but you’re not sure if they mean which part of the country you’re from (which would be Hampshire in my case), which part of London you live in (which would be West) or which country you originate from (which would be Ghana).

So I went to ‘Africa Gathering’ a few weeks ago with a friend of mine, and during the tea break I got into a conversation with Caroline Kende-Robb, who’s the executive director of the Africa progress panel. So… the question came up – “where are you from?” and I gave my usual answer of, “my parents are from Ghana but I was born in Hampshire, and I live in London now.”

I’ve always hated saying “my parents are from Ghana” because even thought I wasn’t born there, I’m very Ghanaian! So the conversation continued and she mentioned that young Africans are so proud these days, I was like ‘yeah, yeah I’ve been saying this for months’ but then she said she’s noticed that second generation Africans are becoming an ethnicity in its own right.

She’s so right. Growing up, I’ve often felt like I don’t fit in properly anywhere. In the UK, I was the African kid, and whenever I visited Ghana, I was the British kid. My white friends were scared to eat the orange coloured rice my mum offered them whenever they came over because they knew it would make their mouths burn, and my Ghanaian friends spent 50% of our time together laughing at my inability to speak Twi well enough. There are some things that only second generation Africans understand, and answering ‘Hampshire, London or Ghana’ to that golden question is never adequate.

One thing I talk about a lot is how beautiful it is to be a part of this generation of young British born Africans are so proud to be African. Everyone remembers how West Indians were the cool black people ten or so years ago. We all wished our parents were blasting soca instead of Daddy Lumba, come on, you know it’s true.

If you’ve got any thoughts, drop me a comment 🙂

With love, Afua x